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When playing a video game, or using a teleoperator system, we feel our self-image projected into the video monitor as a part of or an extension of ourselves. Here we show that such a self image is coded by bimodal (somatosensory and visual) neurons in the monkey intraparietal cortex, which have visual receptive fields (RFs) encompassing their somatosensory(More)
1. We examined regeneration of endothelial cells (ECs), neointima formation, decreased endothelium-dependent relaxation (EDR) and changes in the contents of L-arginine, NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), asymmetrical NG, NG-dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetrical NG,NG-dimethylarginine (SDMA) in the regenerated ECs, 6 weeks after balloon denudation of the(More)
In our previous studies patients with schizophrenia and their parents had less frequent eye fixations and a more limited area of inspection than normal controls while freely viewing stationary S-shaped figures. The present study attempted to discriminate schizophrenics from non-schizophrenics using exploratory eye movements. Two groups (A and B) were(More)
Humans can perform purposeful hand actions even blindly in the dark, perhaps using mental images of the hand. To demonstrate such subjective body images, this study describes the activities of bimodal (somatosensory and visual) neurons in the monkey intraparietal cortex. Visual stimuli moving into the space encompassing their somatosensory receptive fields(More)
This study was designed to investigate the role of arginase in regulating myometrial contractions during gestation in the rat. Arginase activity in the myometrium was significantly decreased during the 7th-21st day of gestation, with the lowest value on the 14th day. However, the enzyme activity became significantly higher at term gestation (22nd day) than(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence and to identify the correlates of insomnia in Japanese peri- and postmenopausal women. METHOD We retrospectively analyzed the records of 1451 peri- and postmenopausal women enrolled in the Systematic Health and Nutrition Education Program, conducted at the Menopause Clinic of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University(More)
We investigated which subtypes of endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptors are involved in the pathogenesis of angioplasty-induced lesion formation in the rabbit carotid artery. Four weeks after removing endothelial cells (EC), we noted a marked intimal hyperplasia. The Bmax values for [125I]ET-1 and [125I]IRL1620 (an agonist for the ETB receptors) bindings were(More)
Cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). Nitric oxide (NO) has been demonstrated to be the principal mediator of cavernous smooth muscle relaxation and penile erection. Therefore, we examined whether or not enzyme activities and factors involved in the NO generation pathway are affected in rabbit corpus(More)
In a preliminary experiment, we found that lavender essential oil relaxes vascular smooth muscle. Thus, the present experiments were designed to investigate the relaxation mechanism of linalyl acetate as the major ingredient of lavender essential oil in rabbit carotid artery specimens. Linalyl acetate produced sustained and progressive relaxation during the(More)
This study investigated the roles of endogenous nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitors and endothelin-1 (ET-1) for regulating myometrial contractions during gestation in the rat. Basal and stimulated cyclic GMP production with L-arginine as a NOS substrate or sodium nitroprusside (SNP) as a NO donor were significantly enhanced at the middle of gestation(More)